sorbetto dress

I know, I’ve been talking and talking about all the stuff I’ve been sewing and never showed a single picture. So today I made my boyfriend clear a wall in our apartment so we could finally get all that stuff photographed.
First off, a new dress. I saw this picture a while ago and knew I wanted to make a dress like that. I used the free Colette Sorbetto top pattern as a base to work from, redrafted the armholes, lowered the neckline sightly and used the tova dress pattern as a guide for the length of the dress. The final pattern definitely needs some tweaking but for a first try I am super happy with how it turned out.

The fabric is a grey linen and the bias tape was made from the fabric left over from this top.

I don’t really like how these pics came out colorwise but better than nothing, right? We just don’t have the right light in our apartment for taking pictures.
I love how versatile the simple grey dress is and can’t wait to pair it with some colorful accessories and tights for fall.

Sad but true, it is actually cold enough to wear wool cardigans at the moment. Also I can never decide whether to crop out the head or not, I don’t really like pictures of myself either way😉
The dress has french seams and in-seam pockets (don’t ask how many times I ended up redoing them until I figured out how to add in-seam pockets to a french seamed dress).
And finally, because I don’t want to wait until the rest of the world is ready for warm things again, do you remember this yarn? The socks from it are long finished and I finally got them photographed today.


So, hope it was worth the wait😉 I have some tops to show but didn’t want to cram it all into one post so there’ll be an extra one for those as soon as there’s time.
Have a lovely sunday!

54 thoughts on “sorbetto dress

    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Lynda🙂 I guess nobody ever likes themselves in pictures, I’ll see if I’ll keep it up leaving the head in😉

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  1. Neus

    You’re an artist!!🙂 The grey dress is so nice, I would love to have one like that!! I really like the socks too, they seem so confy! Great job!!

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    1. tidytipsy

      Aw, thanks Neus🙂 The dress is really easy to make as well. And yep, the socks are super soft, it’s one of the nicest yarns I’ve worked with!

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        1. Kristina

          Hi Vanessa, leider habe ich ausser den Tipps im Post keine komplette Nähanleitung. Ich hab tatsächlich einfach ein bisschen mit dem Muster gespielt und das ist dabei raus gekommen. Wenn man einmal das Sorbetto Top genäht hat, ist es aber ganz einfach🙂

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    1. tidytipsy

      Danke🙂 Jupp, die Katzen…sobald man was umstellt tun die so als hätten die die Wand noch nie gesehen. War schwierig ein Foto ohne Katze mitten im Bild hinzukriegen😉

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    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks RosaMaria! You’d sew a dress like that up in no time. I’m curious to see what you come up with for yourself🙂

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    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks so much Ana! I will, though I like the tops less than the dress, which is why I couldn’t wait and posted the dress first😉

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  2. lauren

    Ooh, you are so good! Before I clicked on the link, I knew EXACTLY what dress (on pinterest) that you were modeling yours after (because I have it pinned too). I can never say enough how much I love your taste! It looks great and I have to figure out how to make the same dress too!

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    1. tidytipsy

      Heather, 2 yards would be enough for 44″ fabric I think. Mine was wider and I needed even less than 2 yards🙂

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  3. Sherrie

    Kristina! Absolutely worth the wait – that dress is PERFECT! I think I need one just like it. And the time and motivation to make it! It’s equally cute with and without the belt, and I loooooooooove it with the cardigan and scarf. Love, love, love! So well done. Now, when are you planning to visit and teach me how to sew properly?😉

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    1. tidytipsy

      Sherrie, thanks so much :)) Where are you again, Canada? I’m definitely planning to go again some time, I loved it there in 2009, so maybe I’ll stop by for a visit😉 Though I’m not sure I’m the right person to teach anyone to sew “properly” since I’m entirely self-taught😉

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    1. tidytipsy

      Aw, thanks Sherrie. I’m in Germany! So a long, long way off🙂 I spent a month in Manitoba in 2009 and always regretted not having the time to travel the country, see the Rockies and the coasts. So I’m definitely planning to come back some time, though definitely not this year and probably not even next. But maybe after that🙂
      And it goes both ways of course, if you’re ever in central Europe be sure to stop by here!!

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    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Amber! I love layering clothes because I get cold easily, layering makes it easy to adjust to a variety of temperatures🙂 I also love to wear clothes across the seasons🙂

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  5. Rachel W.

    Lovely! I’ve been combing the web looking for Sorbetto-turned-into-a-dress inspiration, and you definitely inspired me!

    Is this dress still a pull-over, like the Sorbetto top, or is there a zipper added in? I really want to try something like this for myself!

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    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Rachel🙂 Yep, it’s still a pull-over! I hate sewing zippers (and my machine doesn’t have a zipper foot for that matter) so this is a dead simple pull-over dress.

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  6. caroline

    I love this especially in linen (my fav)! I am going to try to do this soon. Can I ask what alterations you made to the armholes/neckline and did you need to change the pattern at all to make it an inverted pleat? Many thanks!

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    1. tidytipsy

      Caroline, I didn’t need to change the pattern for the inverted pleat. I extended the armholes to make them look like sleeves but that is all🙂 If you make it let me know how it turns out!

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  7. so sew

    I came to this post via flickr. I think this dress is lovely – I like the alterations you made to the basic pattern. You have a nice site – the photography is great.

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  9. Carrie

    Hi there. Love the dress. But I need directions (exact directions) do you have them here so I can make one of these fabulous dresses? Thank you

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  10. tidytipsy

    Thank you all!
    Carrie, sorry but I don’t think I even have the pattern anymore. It doesn’t need exact directions though…just lengthen the top into a dress and extend the sleeves a bit and see if it fits. If not, make some more adjustments🙂

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    1. Carrie

      Thank you so much for your reply. I think I will try this first with some left over fabric first before I make the real thing. Great idea and thanks again for the reply

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    1. Kristina

      Thank you! It’s the free Sorbetto pattern just played around with a bit…just lengthen the top into a dress and extend the sleeves a bit and see if it fits. That’s about as exact directions as I can give🙂

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  11. Kathryn

    This is a lovely variation on the Sorbetto and the fabric you’ve chosen is gorgeous too. I’ve yet to try one with an inverted pleat – is it any harder to do than the original pleat?

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  16. Emily Handler

    Beautiful dress with beautiful fabric! And I love how you dresses it up and down. Is it possible to explain how you managed the pockets in the french seams?

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